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Wakefield Hospice reflects on its story so far with a limited edition book ’30 Years’

02/04/2020
Today (2nd April 2020) marks 30 years since Wakefield Hospice began its journey of providing specialist care for those with life-limiting conditions. In celebration of this land-mark anniversary, the hospice has released a limited-edition book.
 
’30 Years’ provides a visual retrospective of the people who have made an exemplary contribution to the hospice over the last 30 years, as well as some of the stand-out fundraising moments that have enabled the foundations of the hospice to take route and grow to what it is today.
 
Tina Turner, CEO of the hospice, said: “I’m proud and privileged to be able to capture the incredible work of the hospice, and the individuals who have made everything we have achieved possible, in this book. ’30 Years’ is a beautiful treasure trove of memories and we hope it brings a lot of enjoyment to those who are able to buy a copy.”
 
The journey of the hospice began more than thirty years ago, when eight local nurses saw the need for a specialist care provision and began to generate the interest and enthusiasm of the Wakefield community. The hospice recently re-branded their logo to depict a tree with eight leaves, paying tribute to those eight nurses who ‘planted the seed’ of building the hospice in Wakefield and who helped make it grow.
 
Tina added: “The remarkable organisation that our local people are able to benefit from today is the legacy of those who over the years have given their time, their energy, their love and their money in abundance. The loyal and unstinting efforts of our staff, volunteers, donors and supporters has been translated into the wonderful compassionate care that continues to be our trademark.”
 
’30 Years’ is an uplifting book, full of portraits taken by renowned photographer, Rachel King, nestled amongst testimonials and archive imagery of the hospice over the years. The ‘30 Years’ book of photographs was part of a photography exhibition held earlier this year, just one of the events being organised to celebrate the hospice’s special anniversary. The hospice hopes the photographs will prompt a conversation around the importance of palliative care and the support the hospice can provide for patients and families who are most vulnerable.
 
Speaking about the book, Rachel King, said: “End of life care is a difficult subject matter, involving hard conversations often had inside clinical settings. It is our intention to move these conversations into a wider public arena using creativity as the vehicle for open discussion.”
 
A limited run of the book has been printed, costing £15 each, plus p&p. To find out more, or to buy a copy visit our online shop.
 
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